Monthly Archives: March 2021

A Passage To Ponder: Joshua 4:6-7

Guidelines devotional blogger, Darlene Sala, tells a story about a family who was involved in a serious automobile accident.

The severity of the wreck completely totaled the car. It was amazing there were no fatalities. In fact, not one family member suffered any long terms injuries or effects from the accident. What they did next was unusual, but ingenious. Continue reading

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Repent or Perish

Eugene Peterson, in his book, Run with the Horses, shared a humorous story that vividly illustrates the meaning of repentance.

A few years ago I was in my backyard with my lawnmower tipped on its side. I was trying to get the blade off so I could sharpen it. I had my biggest wrench attached to the nut but couldn’t budge it. I got a four-foot length of pipe and slipped it over the wrench handle to give me leverage, and I leaned on that—still unsuccessfully.

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Word of the Week: Command

David Owens, a New York preacher, relates an interesting story when Israeli commandos made a daring raid at an airport in Uganda in July of 1976.

In less than 15 minutes 103 Jewish hostages were freed and all 7 of the kidnappers were killed. As successful as the rescue was, however, three of the hostages were killed during the raid.

When the Israeli commandos entered the terminal, they shouted in Hebrew, “Get Down! Crawl!” The Jewish hostages understood, and laid down on the floor, while the terrorist kidnappers, who did not speak Hebrew, were left standing. Continue reading

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Sunday Seed Thoughts: God Is.

On Friday my friend, preaching colleague, and fellow blogger, Roger Shouse posted a piece reflecting on the 1966 Time Magazine cover question “IS GOD DEAD?” I recommend you read it.

We survived the turbulence of the 1960’s unrest. In the ensuing years, we’ve experienced many more periods of civil, social, and political confusion, controversy, and crisis.

As Roger noted, during the past 55 years many people and sadly most modern churches have given up on God’s Way. Deviated from God’s work. And abandoned God’s work Continue reading

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Weekly Recap: March 21-26

Good morning from Beverly  Hills FL

One of my Northern friends asked the other say, “Are you enjoying Florida?”

“It’s great,” I replied.

Especially this time of year.  Weather-wise the lows are in the upper 50’s or lower 60’s.  Then it warms up to around 80 during the day. Continue reading

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Friday’s List To Live By #32

The book of Proverbs contains a great deal of practical wisdom regarding relationships and the proper use of the tongue.

Today’s list addresses times when it’s wise to keep silent. This list will keep you out of a lot of trouble. You can also apply this to your posts on social media.

7 Times Not To Speak Continue reading

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A Reason To Rejoice

“Man is made for joy and joy is for man,” wrote the 16th-century Catholic bishop Francis de Sales.

“I think joy is not joy at all unless it is in man’s possession,” de Sales continued. “The human heart is so dependant upon joy that, without joy, it cannot find rest. Joy is true joy only in so far as it is possessed in the heart of man.” Continue reading

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A Passage To Ponder: Luke 9:57-62

Martin Luther is reputed to have once said, “A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing and suffers nothing, is worth nothing.”

Or as Tennessee preacher, Greg Nance expressed it, “We need to ask ourselves, am I just tagging along or truly following Jesus?

The essence of discipleship is following Jesus. It calls for commitment. Requires dedication. Demands loyalty. And is a daily endeavor. Discipleship is not an event. It’s a process Continue reading

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Do You Have To Be Vegan To Be Saved?

This recent headline from Christianity Today magazine caught my attention.

Many Adventists in Asia and Africa Believe You Must Be Vegan to Be Saved

The article by Rebecca Randall says that “Seventh-day Adventists around the world have heeded their co-founder’s teachings on eating a plant-based diet, (and) many adherents in parts of Asia and Africa have raised veganism to a place next to godliness.”

According to Adventist research teams from 13 regions around the world, their members believe salvation is ensured two ways: through Jesus Christ (92%), and through giving up meat, animal products, alcohol, and tobacco (80%). Continue reading

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Word of the Week: Celebrate

Ten-year-old Ange Shephard, who grew up in a small Nova Scotia town, became enamored with Southern California, and especially Los Angeles.

In his book Forward, David Jeremiah relates Ange’s story and how she would dial the 323 area code plus 7 random numbers, and when someone answered she’d say, “Hi, is this LA?”

Then she’d hang up, just thrilled to talk to someone from Los Angeles, dreaming one day of living there. Her calls, however, came to an abrupt end when her father saw the phone bill. But her dreams didn’t. Continue reading

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